Purposeful Life: Family Training Series

The Center on Disability and Development, Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley (DSABV), Families of Autistic Children Engaged Together for Support (FACETS), Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living (BVCIL), College Station ISD and Bryan ISD are hosting a free workshop series for parents and family members of children with disabilities.

Purposeful Life Family Training series will meet the first Thursday of the month. Come join us to learn about our local supports and about an opportunity on how to meet them in person.

Join us during this session. Spanish translation available.

 

Friendly is not Friendship: Creating Social Awareness

 

When: May 5th      6:30-7:30 p.m.

Where: Online via Zoom (zoom link is emailed to those who register)

Robin Miller, Research Specialist at the Center on Disability and Development, will discuss techniques to help your child understand how relationships develop, how boundaries change as relationships deepen, and how to know who they can trust. Spanish translation is available. 

 

REGISTER ONLINE

 

HAGA CLIC AQUÍ PARA REGISTRARSE EN ESPAÑOL

 

Presentation Resource:

Friendly is not Friendship_1.pdf

 

Update on youth/sibling sessions!!

We’ve decide to pause the youth/siblings sessions until we are able to hold them live. We are hopeful that the 2022-2023 season will be live again.

 

Purposeful Life Brochures:

Purposeful Life Tri-fold 10-2021

Purposeful Life Tri-fold 10-2021.2022-Spanish

2022 Session Topics

February 3, 2022

Disability Benefits: What Are They and What Do They Mean For My Child?

Medicaid, Medicard Waivers, SSI… what are they? When and Who can apply for these service? Join us to learn more from our panel of experts about disability benefits.

When: February 3, 2022   

Watch the Video of the Session

Missed the February session on benefits?

Click the links below to download the handouts and watch the video (video started a few minutes after session began- sorry!) Scroll down to learn about PSUN. They have several events planned for this semester.

Watch the February Video

Feb-Disability_Benefits_Handout

Feb-EXENCIONES_DE_MEDICAID

Purposeful_Life_Tri_fold_10_2021

2021-2022 folleto (en español)

 

Links shared in February via Chat

Satisfaction Survey:

https://cdd.tamu.edu/service-outreach/bcs-success-conference/

Success Conference Information:

https://tamucehd.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_es0QLaTp2rtQ6Ka

Social Security:

https://choosework.ssa.gov/about/work-incentives/index.htm

https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/spotlights/spot-student-earned-income.htm

https://www.ssa.gov/compassionateallowances/conditions.htm

Vocational Rehabilitation Information:

https://cdd.tamu.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2021/12/twc_start_my_vr_flyer_english.pdf

https://cdd.tamu.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2021/12/flyer-vr-pre-ets-students-english-twc.pdf

Texas ABLE account video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7zy2fGoB3w

 

March 3, 2022

Building a Parachute of Supports so Your child Lands Safely in Adulthood

Don’t let not knowing what supports are available for your child’s parachute be the gravity that limits their potential. Come join us to learn about our local supports and about an opportunity on how to meet them in person. Spanish translation is available.

When: March 3, 2022   

Success Conference

April 7, 2022

Wanting Something Isn’t Enough: Creating Motivation for Life’s Needs

Creating motivation to stay healthy requires looking at the whole person and their five domains of health: physical, emotional, cognitive, social, & spiritual.

Fiona Allen, from Avocation Therapy, will discuss local resources to support recreation and leisure activities in the various domains so people with disabilities can meaningfully access & contribute to their greater community. Spanish translation is available.

When: April 7, 2022   

 

Watch Video of Session

 

April Handout          Folleto de abril

 

2021 Session Topics

October 7, 2021

Guardianships and Alternatives to Guardianships

Speaker is Jeffrey Miller, Policy specialist from Disability Rights TX.

Guardianship…what is it? Does every parent need to apply for guardianship before their child turns 18? How does a full guardianship affect your child’s independence and self-determination? What alternatives are available in Texas? Join us to learn more!

Download the Handouts for this Purposeful Life Session:

Purposeful Life- Guardianship and Alternatives to Guardianship

Challenges, Changes & Choices.pdf

Tutela y alternativas a la tutela

Purposeful Life Tri-fold 10-2021

Purposeful Life Tri-fold 10-2021.2022-Spanish

 

Click to view the Session Video

 

November 4th, 2021

Challenges, Changes and Choices: Helping My Child Deal With the Unexpected

our speaker is Lucinda Thelen, M.Ed., CAPE. The topic is “Challenges, Changes and Choices: Helping My Child Deal With the Unexpected.” Think about the last year…everything has changed. While we slowly get back to a new normal, the past still affects our kids.
Join us during this session to learn what signs to look for and actions to take to help your child cope with changes and what the future may bring. Spanish translation available.

Download the Handouts for this Purposeful Life Session:

Challenges, Changes & Choices.pdf

Challenges, Changes & Choices – Spanish

5-4-3-2-1_mindfulness_method_ESP

Autocuidado para niños

Emotion cards Spanish

SelfRegulation

Señales de ansiedad en niños pequeños

Stress Scale Spanish

Understanding causes of stress Spanish

Ways to build Self-Regulation Spanish

 

 

Purposeful Life Tri-fold 10-2021

Purposeful Life Tri-fold 10-2021.2022-Spanish

 

Click to view the Session Video

 

2019 – 2020 Session Topics

This season we will be incorporating tools from Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) into each session.

September 5, 2019

What’s Your Child’s Vision of a Good Life?

Life Trajectory – CtLC

Experiences Booklet – CtLC

Life Domains Vision Tool – CtLC

October 3, 2019

The Empty Chair…Who is Missing from the ARD Table

My Book About Me

My School Portfolio – CtLC

November 7, 2019

IEPs – Making Them Count! Making the Most of your Child’s Time in School

December 5, 2019

Are you Teaching or Doing? Creating Independence

February 6, 2020

Behavior – What to do if Your Child is in a Crisis

March 5, 2020

Paving the Road for a Smoother Future – Getting Plugged into Your Community

2018 – 2019 Session Topics

September 6, 2018

Friendships: Making and Keeping Friends

October 4, 2018

The Road to Independence

19 Ways for a Parent to Step Back

Critical Skills for Independence

November 1, 2018

You or Google? Who Will Teach Your Child About Puberty

Autism Speaks Puberty Tool Kit

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Healthy Bodies for Girls

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Healthy Bodies for Girls Appendix

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Healthy Bodies for Boys

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Healthy Bodies for Boys Appendix

Parent’s Guide to Protecting Against Sexual Abuse

Sexuality and Down Syndrome

Sexuality and Disability

Puberty and Children on the Autism Spectrum

Talking to Your Child About Sexuality

February 7, 2019

What and How Will They Learn? IEP Goals Lead the Way

March 7, 2019

Love is Friendship on Fire – How Will You Teach Your Child to Stay Safe in the Flames?

April 4, 2019

Working Together to Make Behavioral Changes – Behavior Intervention Plans

May 2, 2019

Safety is no Accident – Teaching Safe Actions at Home and in the Community

2018 Summer Sessions

August 11, 2018

Adverse Childhood Experiences

2017-2018 Session Topics

September 7, 2017

Everyone has differences, mine just has a name – Talking to your child about his/her disability

October 5, 2017

Why punishing your child may not be working

Learn to change behavior with positive behavior supports (reference above materials)

November 2, 2017

You can get results (but they might not be for the best)

Collaboration With Schools (reference above materials)

December 7, 2017

Your unexpected journey – including the recurring grief of parenting a child with a disability

February 1, 2018

I’m not fine – Supporting the emotional needs of children with disabilities

Learn more

March 1, 2018

Phones and computers – how safe are your children?

April 5, 2018

“No means No” – Teaching your child to accept your “no”

May 3, 2018

We’re all in this family – Supporting siblings

2016-2017 Session Topics

January 7, 2016

How Can I Help My Child Have a More Purposeful Life?

Moving Toward Independent Living

February 4, 2016

Person-Centered Thinking Training for Families

March 3, 2016

ARD Meetings: An Opportunity for Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy

April 7, 2016

Understanding your Child’s Behavior

May 5, 2016

Life After High School…Planning Starts Now!

September 1, 2016

“Looking Ahead” – Series Overview & Speaker Panel

October 6, 2016

“Who is the I in IEP?” – Review of ARD and IEP

TEA Special Education Dispute Resolution Systems Handbook

December 1, 2016

“You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup” – Family Wellness

February 2, 2017

“My Kid’s Going To Be A Grown Up?” – Independence (MS/HS session)

I Can Do That! Independence (birth-elementary school session)

March 2, 2017

“Surviving Puberty – This Time As a Parent” – Adolescence and Puberty

Puberty Checklist

Autism Speaks Puberty Tool Kit

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Healthy Bodies for Girls

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Healthy Bodies for Girls Appendix

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Healthy Bodies for Boys

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Healthy Bodies for Boys Appendix

April 6, 2017

“Behavior – What Are You Trying to Tell Me?” – Behavior Management